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Kiss Me, Kate

Suzi Recommended LogoMusic and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella & Samuel Spewack
Directed by Alan Kilpatrick
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Ricardo Aponte
Featuring Natasha Drena and JC Long

Aurora Theatre’s 14th Season will be it’s biggest ever starting with the legendary, Cole Porter’s most triumphant musical. Kiss Me, Kate ran on Broadway for an astounding 1,077 performances, but local theatre goers will only have 26 chances to catch this masterpiece of the jazz era. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Kiss Me Kate reminds us, all is fair in love and war, especially when it is a battle of the sexes. The five-time Tony Award winning revival score sparkles with one hit song after another – including: Another Op’nin’, Another Show, Wunderbar, From This Moment On, and Too Darn Hot.

Kiss Me, Kate in the News:

AJC Review

Broadway World Preview

Creative Loafing – See & Do

Producer’s Quote

“I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to present a uniquely American art form, the Broadway musical,” extols a jubilant Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director, who continues, “I am grateful to the talented artists and artisans who have dedicated their life to this work, and to the patrons who continue to support these efforts. In fact, in a year when many are opting for program cuts, through an amazing partnership with Georgia Gwinnet College we will be adding a new series of brave new works called the GGC Lab Series. We will add many chapters to our history this year, so don’t miss this first one, because it’s going to be memorable.”

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Natasha Drena* Lilli Vanessi / Katherine
J.C. Long* Fred Graham / Petrucchio
David Rossetti* Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Glenn Rainey* Gangster
Erin Lorette Lois Lane / Bianca
Bethany Irby Gangster
Nick Morrett Hortensio / Ensemble
Jimi Kocina Flynt / Ensemble
Bradley Candie Ralph / Ensemble
Tameka Scotton Hattie / Ensemble
Al Stilo Harry Trevor / Baptista
Anthony Rodriguez General Harrison Howell

*denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association